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feet up in the air. >> reporter: this warehouse houses five businesses including tile, sheetrock business, dave's hay barn which is a hay barn in this area, and a plumbing shop. no cause yet but neighbors say that the homeless people have been encamped in this area for some time, in fact just on the other side of this warehouse in this neighborhood is coyote creek and there are several homeless encampments. a cause has not been linked to the homeless at this point but neighbors say they have seen them using cook fires recently and that may be part of the investigation. live in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. >> a few hours before that fire, crews in san jose were busy with this. plumes of smoke pouring from a house this morning near 17th and san antonio streets.
firefighters contained it within a few hours but stayed to prevent any hot spots. two people who lived there were able to escape thanks to their smoke alarm. no word on a cause. a legal catch-22 for a transgender teenager who says she is facing battery charges for fighting back to bullies. ryan takeo spoke with the district attorney today, who says his hands are tied in this case. >> reporter: that's right, allen? >> the deputy d.a. explained his view. he painted a black and white picture about his view of the law and bullying. the viral video shows a fight at hercules high a couple of months ago. in it you see see 16-year-old jewyles gutierrez falling to the ground. she identifies herself as transgender and claims this fight was her taking a stand against bullies. gutierrez says she is now facing a misdemeanor battery charge. >> this isn't a category of individuals who we do know prosecute. >> reporter: danica balance
runs contra costa county's juvenile division for the d.a.'s office. dan cabral says he couldn't talk about the gutierrez case specifically but weighed in on bullying. >> we are opposed to it. it can lead to other things. >> reporter: he said viral video clips can be misleading and he said he draws the line when a bullying victim takes the law into his own hands. >> words are never enough to justify fists. that's the law. if that wasn't done and we did not hold people accountable for their actions, where would we draw the line? >> district attorneys have discretion to bring charges or to drop charges. >> reporter: the transgender law center says this is a case of blaming the victim. she thinks the d.a. should dismiss the charges. >> this is unfortunately something we see all too commonly. transgender people especially transgender women and girls of color pushed into the criminal justice system simply for trying to survive. >> for us to pick and choose,
you know, who do we charge under these circumstances and who other would be a violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution. >> reporter: the transgendered teen who claims she defended herself in school must now do so in court too. she will be in court next month and the lawyer will ask the d.a. to dismiss the charge. ryan takeo, kpix 5. >> gutierrez's sister is putting together a petition to demand that the d.a.'s office drop the charge. the parents of one of the victims. asiana plane crash is -- victims of the asiana plane crash is filing a lawsuit against the city. the girl died on the tarmac after being hit by two fire trucks. the claim says firefighters knowingly left the girl in harm's way. the city has 45 days to respond. if it rejects the claim, then the family can sue. of the flu virus is running
rampant in the bay area. it's being blamed for at least 10 deaths. nearly every county in our region has reported deaths related to the flu. many of the people who died have reportedly contracted the h1n1 strain of the virus. you may remember that strain as the swine flu which killed thousands of people around the world back in 2009. one hospital in the south bay is preparing to deal with an influx of patients with the flu. regional medical center of san jose has set up a medical tent next to the e.r. doctors say it's not too late to get vaccinated. there's no shortage of the vaccine. and it will protect you against this strain. h1n1 virus. new at 5:00 oakland police need your help catching a man who tried to kidnap a young woman on new year's day. they just released this sketch. police say the man jumped out between two parked cars on 17th street and dragged the 19-year- old woman down the street. she was able to escape. there's a $5,000 reward for
information leading to his arrest. the politics is getting personal in oakland. a former ally of mayor quan just put his name in the race for her job. kpix 5's da lin tells us how attorney dan siegel's entrance will shake up the race. >> hello. >> reporter: civil rights attorney dan siegel filed his form this afternoon to go up against a former close friend. >> i don't have any ill will towards mayor quan. just we have differences about what policies are best for the city. >> reporter: siegel once supported and advised mayor jean quan. they went their separate ways because siegel disagreed with quan's handling of the "occupy" protestors. siegel and his wife represented some of the protestors. mayor quan says siegal exaggerated his past role in her administration. >> i think he exaggerated. dan has always exaggerated every since i have known him in
college. >> reporter: this political insider kpix 5's phil matier says siegal will likely time some progressive votes away from quan. >> this is a combination of oakland's older lefties and the "occupy" movement. this is a group that is jean quan's base and so dan siegal's entrance into this race really resets the whole deck. >> reporter: siegal says he has the support of many labor and progressive groups. he believes he has an edge over quan. dan siegal says he has already raised $60,000 in campaign contributions. now that his candidacy is official, he believes he will get even more support. in oakland, i'm da lin, kpix 5. >> dan siegal joins a rather crowded field of candidates which include san francisco state professor and former kpix 5 political analyst joe tuman, port of oakland commissioner brian parker, and councilwoman libby schaaf. a surge in crime and not enough police. bay area neighbors found a way
to do what officers couldn't. how their safety strategy is already paying off. i am embarrassed and humiliated. >> a presidential contender in damage control. chris christie fights back against claims he created a traffic jam for revenge. >> good thursday evening to you. i'm meteorologist paul deanno live from beautiful treasure island. the view out here is fantastic. the weather outside is good but we need rainfall. find out when we do have one chance of some showers here in the bay area. your forecast is coming up. >> i was shocked. i didn't know if i was crazy. >> would you believe a chihauhau hit this woman's car? the doggie joyride that ended in a fender-bender. ,,,,
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us how they turned their neighborhood around. >> anybody in here? >> reporter: to all the trouble makers in west san jose, this is what a citizen uprising looks like. >> complaining really doesn't make a difference. you have to do something. >> reporter: hamann park started going downhill last year when teens began loitering. gang graffiti and vandalism followed. kids even climbed the roof of the city building to get drunk. but with the san jose police force shrinking and violent crime skyrocketing, officers weren't coming by as often. so the neighborhood association banded together and hired their own private security guard to patrol the public park. the uniform, the badge, the swagger, it worked. crime went down dramatically. >> this is the police's job. why are you doing their job? >> you know, we try to help them out as much as we can because this is our neighborhood. we have taken ownership. this is where we live and work. this is where our kids play. >> reporter: after years of paycuts, sjpd has been losing 100 officers a year to early
retirement or other departments. there are now about 900 officers on the street, well short of the 1100 authorized force. cops on the beat love the extra help. >> it's an extra set of eyes for us. it's somebody that we can make contact with and, you know, talk to them about what's going on out there, what information can they give to us. >> reporter: out of the city's nearly 200 parks, does hamann get special treatment? groundskeepers regularly come by to keep it tidy. when the neighborhood association asked for protective fencing and lights to be fixed, they got it. and when they asked the city to re-seed the grass field, well, they got that, too. >> this is like a classic example of squeaky wheel gets the grease. >> exactly. >> reporter: neighborhood activism. it's one way to compete in a world with fewer cops and shrinking government. in san jose, kiet do, kpix 5. two men have been arrested in connection with a string of bank robberies in the south bay. the men are cousins and were wanted for holding up four
banks in san jose, milpitas and campbell between september and december. the man in the surveillance photo was arrested in indiana. his cousin is booked into the santa clara county jail. popular brands accused of food fraud. the crackdown on labels making phony health promises. >> one woman's shock when she found out the drive who hit her has four legs. ,, that it's given me time toabout reflect on some of life'seen biggest questions. like, if you could save hundreds on car insurance by making one simple call, why wouldn't you make that call? see, the only thing i can think of is that you can't get any... bars. ah, that's better. it's a beautiful view.
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the distri alameda county is trying a new tactic to fight the growing problem of human trafficking. the d.a.'s office unveiled a new campaign today to raise awareness of. it will feature billboards and posters at bus stops throughout oakland. the posters in particular are aimed at young victims of human trafficking. >> we want them to hear the voices of those survivors who were able to get free from their traffickers and get out of that life, to give them the message that they too can get out and there is help available for them. >> now, the billboards will contain a little different message asking people to stop judging the victims of human trafficking. governor brown is a day early but not a dollar short. the state's budget finally has a surplus and the governor says he is proceeding with caution. the recovering economy and voter-approved tax increases are contributing to a robust budget. it includes paying down $11 billion of state debt, a $1.6
billion rainy day fund in case of future economic downturns, $10 billion in new spending for schools including almost $4 billion for k through 12 and $1 billion for higher education. >> after years of drought and cutbacks and pink slips for the teachers, we're finally being able to provide a substantial amount of new money for all the schools in california. >> the budget is a record $107 billion and almost 9% boost in spending. today's press conference was a day ahead of schedule because a copy of that budget was leaked early. new jersey governor chris christie says he is embarrassed and humiliated by a traffic scandal that could put his presidential hopes in jeopardy. today christie announced he is firing his top aide. emails and texts show bridget anne kelly planned a four-day traffic jam on the george washington bridge. it was allegedly revenge against the democratic mayor of
fort lee for refusing to endorse christie. the gridlock slowed down first responders. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution. and i am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. >> today christie met with fort lee's mayor and he accepted the governor's apology. imagine driving down the street another car bumps you and you notice the driver isn't a person. rather, this tiny little chihauhau named toby! it happened in spokane, washington. the woman said she was heading home for the day when out of nowhere, she got hit. >> when i was up, there was nobody in the car, just a little chihauhau up on the steering wheel peeking
overlooking at me. >> i didn't know what to think, that someone just ran into the store, anyone have a brown car? i was like yeah, why? mm-hm. >> toby's owner said he had only been in the store a few minutes before the pup knocked his car out of gear. luckily, no one was hurt. damage was minimal. toby's owner later joked his pet's license had been revoked. he was restricted to catching cats. i can't think of it a prettier place to enjoy the beautiful sunset going on right now than where paul deanno is on treasure island with the latest on the forecast and possibility of rain. >> reporter: yeah. we have one day with the chance of showers, that day certainly is not today. it is gorgeous outside. sometimes you take the weather lab out, just because it's that nice. we are doing that right now. perfect conditions on treasure island. we have 54 degrees, more importantly if you have ever been over here you know how windy it is in the summertime. not right now. the wind speed between 3 and 5
miles per hour. and look at that! the colors of a spectacular sunset made more spectacular by the low cloud cover that's out there and that high, thin cirrus cloud cover. what a great shot over the city of san francisco one of the best shots of the city you can get from treasure island. some of you had a little drizzle this morning. we are clear on kpix 5 hi-def doppler radar right now. rainfall totals from earlier fade, very unimpressive. .02" in san francisco, .01" in oakland and san jose and santa rosa did not see a drop of rainfall this morning. currently outside, oakland still sitting at 60. livermore 58. that afternoon sunshine warmed you up to 54 in san francisco. san jose 55. chilly away from the water some 30s. napa county down to the mid- 30s. redwood city 40. concord 41. san jose overnight tonight 44 degrees. satellite review shows you that weak system that passed by this morning, certainly not strong enough to give us widespread rainfall. just some clouds and some
drizzle, kind of felt a little clammy outside this morning. then high pressure began to build back in. that's why we're clear in the afternoon. that's why we'll be dry tomorrow but a stronger system will move in on saturday and that one will finally give us some widespread rain showers. tonight overnight partly cloudy, very nice day to get outside tomorrow. sunny and mild, highs in the low to mid-60s. if you are looking for some rain, which we need, that's coming up on saturday. only one day with the rain chance and the forecast thinking really hasn't changed. showers are possible coming up on saturday especially saturday evening if you are making your weekend plans and you will be out. these are your highs tomorrow, still above average. normal is the upper 50s to near 60. we'll be 64 tomorrow in santa clara. fremont 61. redwood city 63 degrees. walnut creek on locust street tomorrow there in heather farms park a high of 63 degrees. benicia 62. dublin your high 64 degrees. sonoma tomorrow for your friday 63. alameda, rohnert park low 60s. check out the high in lakeport, 66 degrees with sunshine coming up tomorrow. and if you think that's warm?
wait until you see the extended forecast. it gets warmer. here is that extended forecast. saturday we have rain chances, cloudy throughout the day but i think the rain will hold off until the evening and we'll see most of the rainfall north of the golden gate. we clear out on sunday, mid- 60s. monday upper 60s. and look at those highs tuesday, wednesday, thursday. very unjanuary-like. we'll have highs approaching or hitting 70 degrees for three straight days and if we get there or when we get there, those will be record highs. the view from treasure island is fantastic outside right now. great colors of the sunset. and if you are heading over here next week, it's going to be even nicer with temperatures pushing 70 degrees, record highs likely and that much- needed rainfall i don't see it yet. it will come eventually but not yet. back to you. >> the rest of the country is envious of us but we would like a little rain. >> yes. >> all right, paul. thanks. hey, not too much longer and we're going to know who is in the super bowl. >> dennis o'donnell joins with us more on the ninessers play- off preps and the carolina panthers. >> elizabeth, i'm just happy
that the 5:00 news has finally included sports into the part of the show! >> we're all inclusive. >> waiting for this for a long time. >> took you guys a while to get on the 49er bandwagon. whatever it takes. [ laughter ] >> fact is, the 49ers are the hottest team in football with 7 straight wins. but! carolina panthers are the second hottest. they have won 11 of the past 12. so the teams are evenly matched and it could come down to a turnover that decides the outcome. 49ers offensive line will have its hand field. the capper is fair game. boone dunked on him during yesterday's press conference. >> alex, was that premeditated or a spontaneous act on your part a? >> absolutely premeditated. thought about it. i had to take advantage and just get him when i could. >> who was holding the garbage can for you? >> luke, the rookie offensive
line man. who doesn't notice a 6'9" man standing next to you. he deserves to be dunked on people. >> if he says so, i believe him. >> but alex is one of the components on that offensive line along with joe staley who keeps everything loose. i mentioned yesterday it's a critical part of the season when you can go into something so tense with emotion but you forget you're supposed to be having fun. right? >> if they get cam newton, that's key. >> this is how it's done. >> dunk on it! [ laughter ] >> very good. >> oh, very good. >> thanks. >> all right. >> we all know you 49ers fans at home have plenty of spirit as we do here. so let us see it. this proud pooch named bandit sure knows how to stay warm while watching his favorite team play. and take a look at baby ariana so cute. she is all dolled up in red and gold from head to tutu.
julie watts on the consumerwatch, with a new a lot of us resolve to eat healthier in the new year. good thing to do but food labels are confusing. julie watts on the consumerwatch with a new effort to make packaging better reflect reality. >> reporter: when you see the word natural or healthy on a product, do you assume that they are natural and healthy? >> not at all. >> reporter: well, that skepticism may be healthy. >> i think consumers are losing confidence in labels. >> reporter: they are threatening to sue what they call three of the worst offenders, the makers of crystal light, smart balance and ensure for making deceptive or misleading claims. in the case of crystal light, he says it's the word natural. >> along with the natural
flavoring you're getting an artificial preservative, artificial coloring, and artificial sweeteners. >> this artificial butter does little to help lower cholesterol. and these muscle shakes won't make most people healthier at 350 calories a bottle. >> these claims are phony baloney. drinking two cans of this is not going to produce those benefits. it's likelier to produce obesity. >> we see more claims on labels that are misleading than there should be. >> reporter: this registered dietician says while some claims like organic and cholesterol reducing are regulated by the food, others like natural and healthy are not. so foodmakers can say just about anything they like. >> the companies know that consumers are looking quickly at different products, they are making comparisons. >> reporter: so they try to grab your attention any way they can. her advice? stick to simple basic wholesome foods. read ingredient labels
carefully and take these claims with a grain of salt. >> to me it doesn't mean anything. >> reporter: now, we contacted all three companies today. both kraft and the maker of ensure told he is they stand behind their claims and insist they are not misleading. we didn't hear back from smart balance. >> thank you. now for a look at what's ahead on the "cbs evening news," scott pelley is in new york. scott. >> reporter: hi, allen and liz. great to be with you in the bay area. well, we have all been talking today about that remarkable news conference that new jersey's governor chris christie had today. essentially apologizing for two hours as he announced the firing of his deputy chief of staff for her involvement in creating major traffic jams as political retribution. we are going to have the latest on this story. it is still breaking this evening. and we are going to look at the damage done to a leading republican. that's tonight on the "cbs evening news" at 5:30 right after kpix 5 news. the great american novel.
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tonight: an update on a story first reported by kpix-5: tonight, we ask if google has ruffley i'm ken bastida in the kpix 5 newsroom. new at 6:00 tonight, an update on a story first reported by kpix 5. tonight we ask if google has ruffled any feathers with its private ferry boat for employees and how the recipient of the commute experiment could be transformed. and how the state's water woes are uncovering pieces of the past hidden for centuries. that and more at 6:00. >> see you then, ken. thanks. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next.
we want to live you with a look at this gorgeous sunset from treasure island. >> pelley: tonight, a two-hour apology. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated. >> pelley: new jersey's governor takes the heat and fires an aide as the feds investigate traffic jams created by his office for political revenge. elaine quijano and michelle miller are on the breaking story. john dickerson on the damage to a leading republican. >> i am a very sad person today. >> pelley: david martin has an early look at a pentagon investigation on sexual harassment. what's the problem at the military academies? dr. jon lapook reports on why big food companies have cut calories in packaged foods. and why is a predator of the arctic flying to florida and kansas? jim axelrod on a mystery migration.